Joanna Pacitti

American Idol hopeful Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from competition. The higher-ups determined that Pacitti is ineligible to continue and has been replaced by Felicia Barton. This decision may stem from the fact that Pacitti had close relationships to two execs at 19 Entertainment, the company that produces Idol.

Star reported earlier that Joanna wasn’t really an amateur as she’s already released an album, opened for Sheryl Crow and had her songs in movies and tv shows such as The Hills. Star suggested that aside from all that, her friendship with the two execs may give her an unfair advantage over the competition.

An insider tells Star that Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski [both work at 19 Entertainment]have very personal connections to the Idol hopeful, all of which we detail in our can’t miss story. How personal? Well, Joanna has referred to Michelle as her “manager” and “best friend,” and credited Roger with “helping me get where I am today.” Plus, the three of them even lived in the same L.A. apartment complex for several years.

They forget to mention that this may be her last shot. And also that she’s hot. That’s probably the real reason they did this to her. Pretty people are always treated unfairly. Like, whenever I go to gifting suites, they never let me take more than four bags of stuff. What’s up with that? Why you gotta treat me like an ugly person?